2021—What’s in a Name? Part 3

This is the third in a series of posts about why a bird’s name includes a particular characteristic. I certainly don’t have answers and am now completely confused after coming across this photograph of a Long-billed Thrasher. To me, the bill looks curved and it doesn’t appear any longer than that of the Curve-billed Thrasher. The birds are most notably distinguished not by the difference in their bills but by the differences in their feather coloration and patterns, especially on their breasts. I now understand why I used the look of their breast feathers to identify the thrashers, not the length or curvature of their bills.